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STANDING READY: STANDING READY: United Community Martial Arts owner Thomas M. Evans, left, with his father, Thomas D. Evans. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New spin for martial arts studio

PART OF MARTIAL ARTS is about reinventing yourself – as a more disciplined, physically fit, respectful person. Not to mention being more capable of...
ATTENTION-GETTER: Nikki Vergakes has launched Cultivated Content, a service that will manage social media accounts on behalf of businesses. 

Postings that build customers

NIKKI VERGAKES KNOWS that managing social media accounts, building an online presence and attracting ideal customers is vital for new businesses. She also knows...
NEW MARKET: Hassan Namat-Ullah is a co-owner of the new University Mart on Empire Street in Providence. The market features snack foods, bottled soda, milk and some perishables, as well as CBD products and a Bitcoin machine.

Market aims to connect with campus

A FRESH LOOK along with a fresh cup of coffee is what’s in store at University Mart. The independently owned convenience store had a...
DETAILED DESIGN: Michelle Scotti is the owner of website design company SyntacticRus Designs, which she runs from her home. Scotti has a background in information technology and cybersecurity.

Web design you can bank on

Michelle Scotti is involved in some very technical computer stuff – so you don’t have to be.“I am security and fraud risk and...
SKIN CARE: Aesthetician Pamela Auger is the founder of Myskincaregirl LLC. The company markets a tool Auger created that simultaneously exfoliates, cleanses and massages skin.

Brush away skin blemishes

As an aesthetician, Pamela Auger spent years working on skin issues with burn victims, plastic-surgery patients and spa clients.As a nurse, she gained an...

Work and child care disrupted, supported

Parents looking for child care options and who want regular access to a coworking space now have a solution to both needs under one...
PRIVATE PRACTICE: Clinical psychologist Phillip Dang, owner of Aspire Psychological and Executive Coaching Services in East Greenwich, is currently on active duty in the U.S. Navy but is considering leaving when his current term is up to focus solely on private practice.

Coaching, therapy on Aspire menu

Phillip Dang, a clinical psychologist on active duty with the U.S. Navy out of Groton, Conn., would like to transition full time to his...
CUSTOM DESIGNS: Brianna Moon, CEO and designer of Brianna Moon custom apparel and jewelry, opened a space in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket in June to sell her creations.

Styles that shine in the Moon-light

Years spent working in the jewelry and fashion industries, a move to New York and return home to Rhode Island all led up to...
SPECIALIZED FOCUS: Dr. Valerie Tokarz, a board-certified dermatologist, opened her own practice, Tokarz Dermatology in East Greenwich, in May because she wanted to focus more on specialty laser work.

Tokarz has laser focus on skin care

Dr. Valerie Tokarz, a dermatologist and U.S. Navy veteran, has a practice focused on laser treatments for cosmetic and medical conditions, including disfiguring scars.The...
CARRYING A COMPANY: RISD graduate Michael Harris has founded Grayman Studios, a consulting company for producers of luggage and other soft goods.

After school, he made travel his new career path

After graduating in 1997 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Michael Harris pursued a career that took him to luggage manufacturer and retailer...
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